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Just-in-Time Professor: A Congressional Report Summarizing eForum Responses on the Working Conditions of Contingent Faculty in Higher Education
George Miller (ed)
The post-secondary academic workforce has undergone a remarkable change over the last several decades. The tenure-track college professor with a stable salary, firmly grounded in the middle or upper-middle class, is being replaced by contingent faculty: non-tenure-track teachers, such as part-time adjuncts or graduate instructors, with no job security from one semester to the next, working at a piece rate with few or no benefits across multiple workplaces, and often struggling to make ends meet. In 1970, adjuncts made up 20% of all higher education faculty. Today, they represent half. These highly educated workers are critical to our national efforts to lift the next generationäó»s economic prospects. They should be living middle-class lives, but many often live on the edge of poverty. More than one million people are now working as contingent faculty and instructors at U.S. institutions of higher education, providing a cheap labor source even while studentsäó» tuition has skyrocketed. This is the report of an eForum with contingent faculty and instructors around the country on their working conditions, how those conditions affect their ability to earn a living and have a successful career, and how those conditions may affect students and their attainment of educational goals. Figures. This is a print on demand report.
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